Take 5…IF YOU CAN!


So Dave Brubek’s “Take Five” is a song you’ve probably heard before, even if you didn’t know what it was.

One interesting thing about it (as you may have noticed) is that it is in 5/4 time, which is not a super common time signature…though it might be for jazz, I’m not sure. I don’t know jazz very well.

ANYWAY, today I found this playlist, which takes “Take Five” and splices out one or more beats (or adds beats) to produce weirder and weirder results.

  • Take Four sounds like someone trying to sight-read something written in 5/4 time and failing miserably at it (come on, band friends, we’ve all been there).
  • Take Three sounds…nice! I like it.
  • Take Two also sounds nice! Sounds like something that would play in a fancy lounge during a movie scene.
  • Take One: somebody fORGOT TO TURN OFF THE SAXOPHONE (also, who let an angry gerbil bang around inside a bass drum for like a minute?).
  • Take Six sounds like a guy who has to do a saxophone solo but the band is playing in 3/4 time and he’s in 4/4 time and no wait is it 5/4 time huh no wait cut time jesus where in the actual fuck is the downbeat.
  • Take 0.25 should win a Grammy.

I love this kind of stuff, it’s great.


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